Turkish PM vows political, economic steps in response to Iraq's Kurdish referendum

Former US Diplomat: Efforts to Derail Kurdish Referendum Won't Work

Former US Diplomat: Efforts to Derail Kurdish Referendum Won't Work

Turkey's National Security Council Meeting (MGK) which convened under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ended late on September 22, stressing that the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum slated for September 25 was illegitimate and unacceptable, reported Hurriyet Daily.

"It is not right for me to unveil them right now but at National Security Council and cabinet meetings we will discuss when these sanctions will be imposed and what the road map will be".

On September 25, Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will hold a referendum on independence that almost every global actor opposes.

Tol says that whatever happens after the referendum, the KRG has many challenges in front of it as it continues to pursue independence.

"The news conference will take place on Sunday, and the time and venue will be announced later", Barzani's office announced without elaborating. The vote follows several decades of acrimony between Kurdish administrators and the federal government in Baghdad, acrimony that predates the US -led invasion in 2003.

Turkey, which is home to the largest Kurdish population in the region, fears that the Kurdistan plebiscite would embolden the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in its push for autonomy in Turkey's southeastern areas.

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After a late-night session by Turkey's National Security Council, Turkey's government called the plans for a vote "illegal and unacceptable".

The issue has highlighted differences between the two main Kurdish parties, Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of Jalal Talabani. "Once Kurdistan votes for independence and moves toward independence, the United States will accept it".

A particular area of concern is the multi-ethnic oil city of Kirkuk, which lies outside the recognized boundaries of the autonomous Kurdish region and is claimed by Baghdad.

In a separate development Friday, a spokesman for Iraq's mostly Shiite paramilitary troops known as Popular Mobilization Forces said they have joined the battle against Islamic State militants in the contested province of Kirkuk.

Despite tensions over the referendum, Iraqi forces on Friday recaptured IS-held Sharqat on their drive to retake the nearby northern town of Hawija back from the jihadists. Numerous actions took place just as Washington issued a September 15 statement declaring its opposition to the referendum.

"It is impossible to avert those threats unless Turkey takes steps to remove those mistakes and threats actively on the field", said Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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